Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad takes a traditional salad and turns it into a hearty and delicious meal. The flavors are so fresh and perfect for Spring and Summer!

a forkful of chicken caesar pasta salad
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  1. What Kind of Chicken Should I Use?
  2. Ingredients
  3. Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Other Pasta Salad Recipes You Will Love
  5. How to Make Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
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When I was in high school, my friend worked at a restaurant. Sometimes, if there was leftover food, they would let her bring some home. One night she brought home a salad and we snacked on it while we were studying. It was so delicious that I knew I had to recreate it at home! Thus, the Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe was born. Let us know in the comments if you think you know what restaurant this is from!

caesar salad with chicken and pasta

What Kind of Chicken Should I Use?

For the chicken, you can go as high maintenance or as low maintenance as you want! Usually, I just grab a cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and use that! However, if you are wanting to take it to the next level, here are some chicken recipes that I think would be delicious with this salad:

You can even go with another meat option. I’ve tried salmon in this recipe and it is super delicious. If you’re feeling extra fancy, throw some tri-tip steak or shrimp on there! If you are wanting to go meatless, try roasted chickpeas or adding more veggies like cucumbers, peppers, and mushrooms!

chicken caesar salad with pasta

Ingredients

  • Pasta noodles
  • Hearts of romaine
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts – cooked and sliced or shredded
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Canned black olives
  • Caesar salad dressing
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Croutons

Frequently Asked Questions

Does all Caesar dressing contain anchovies?

Traditionally, Caesar salad dressing is made with anchovies or anchovy paste, so most Caesar dressings you find will have anchovies unless you buy one that is vegan or vegetarian.

What does Caesar dressing taste like?

People say it is hard to describe, but more or less, it is something like a combination of smoky, garlicky, salty, and lemony.

Other Pasta Salad Recipes You Will Love

Now that the weather is warming up, I am always in the mood for a pasta salad! They are perfect for barbecues and picnics and I don’t have to heat up my house by turning on the oven. Plus, I can say I’m eating a salad when I’m really just eating pasta. It’s the best! If you’re looking for other delicious pasta salad recipes, try some of our favorites.

How to Make Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

chicken caesar salad with pasta

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

5 from 5 votes
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad takes a traditional salad and turns it into a hearty and delicious meal. The flavors are so fresh and perfect for Spring and Summer!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 10

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Boil and cook pasta according to package directions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, slice the lettuce and place in a large bowl.
  • Add chicken breast, cherry tomatoes, and olives.
  • When the pasta is cooked, strain it and then run cold water over the pasta until it is cold to the touch. Drain well.
  • Add the pasta, caesar dressing, and parmesan to the salad. Toss, top with croutons, and serve.

Notes

Serving:
  • Top your romaine lettuce and penne or favorite pasta with your creamy caesar dressing, but don’t stop there! Add some hard boiled eggs for added protein and a squeeze of lemon juice for freshness. 
  • Looking for a side dish? Make yourself some fresh garlic bread! Delicious! 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1gCalories: 478kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 24gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 893mgPotassium: 387mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 2837IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 267mgIron: 1mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights. I love the idea of using rotisserie chicken. It makes things much easier.

  2. 5 stars
    This looks like the perfect caesar salad! I am going to make it for lunch today- thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    This looks sooo good! I love chicken caesar salad but never thought to make it into a pasta dish. I have to try this, I know my husband and even the kids will love it as long as there’s extra parm!